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president left office and fled to russia. white house correspondent jim acosta is with me, and fred polite jen is in moscow, and we will start with jim. first the president made it clear that e he is going to stand with the international community in handling the message with ukraine, and it was a tough message in the 90-minute phone call? >> yes, it was a tough message and we know that the presidents spoke a week and a day ago, but developments have been move sog qui quickly in ukraine with the russian involvement that the president came down hard today in if statement. he said that the united states condemns russia's military intervention in the crimean territory, and i want to put this up on the screen, because this illustrates the statement heref. just how concerned the white house is about what is happening by russia. the united states calls on russia to deescalate tensions by withdrawing the forces back to bases in crimea, and to refrain from interference elsewhere in ukraine. the reason i isolate that particular sentence from the statement, jim, is because it is a couple of things.
on the tux and the golden bulls! neil in maryland, neil?! >> caller: boo-yah, jim. >> boo-yah, chief. what's up? >> caller: first of all, i would like to thank you for doing an absolutely job to break down the financial markets on a daily basis. >> okay, thank you. >> caller: jim, my question, vlrs. i have been building a long position in vlrs. this week after announcing the 2013 financial results, go even further due to missed revenue and earnings expectations. >> here's what happened, okay? and that's a mistake. i thought that all airlines would go up. i've been very bullish on airlines, i thought even the mexican airlines would go up. united air reported a number that was not good. and we still had a rally in american, but this is an emerging market play. and the emerging market, despite what you often hear from people who are trying to get your money to put in the emerging markets are awful, including mexico. and this has been brought down, mexico specifically. because there happens to be a very good company. ok okay, the game play for next week is not about monday, tuesday, we say, th
, reporting from moscow, let's go to the white house right now, our senior white house correspondent jim acosta is standing by. jim, there were important meetings in the west wing of the white house, we saw the top national security advise scores leafing the west wing of the white house. i assume they'll be issuing a statement or someone will be going before the cameras, what are you hearing? >> reporter: and this is eerily similar to when the president was weighing whether to use military force against syria, there were some tense moments over here at the white house on some weekends as you will'll recall, wolf, and these principal meetings do occur from time to time. it does appear that one occurred this afternoon but the white house has to officially congrfi that mississippi t-- that that s the case. the chairman of the joint chiefs, martin dempsey. so it does a appear that senior officials have been meeting with the president here about this situation in ukraine. and you know, wolf, you've been talking about options a that the white house has available to it, options that the preside
'm melissa lee. at 5:00 for more "fast." "mad money" with jim cramer starts right now. . . >>> my mission is simple. to make you money. i'm here to level the playing field for all investors. there's always a bull market somewhere, and i promise to help you find it. "mad money" starts now. >>> hey, i'm cramer. welcome to "mad money." welcome to cramerica. other people want to make friends, i just want more days like today. my job is not just to entertain but to coach and teach you. so call me at 1-800-743-cnbc. we have to learn to stop taking counsel of our fears and start taming them or we'll be out of the market on beautiful days like today with the dow soared 228 points, the s&p fell to 1.53%, and the nasdaq skyrocketed to 1.75%. s&p new highs. we need to remember that sometimes opportunities come along, opportunities like yesterday that we must act on simply because they amount to a one day sale that gives us great prices. >> buy, buy, buy! >> let's use today's session to highlight some trues about investing. i spent a ton of time talking about major themes i think can work. i've been
to "squawk on the street." i'm carl quintanilla with jim cramer david faber at new york stock exchange. if you had a great weekend we kick off the trading month of march with futures in the red. escalation in the ukraine over the weekend will take a toll after the s&p did hit all-time highs friday. ten-year has a lot to react to today. manufacturing, ism in an hour and jobs numbers coming up friday. europe's losses are roughly in the 2% range. germany right now, among the hardest hit. markets, unpressure this morning, due to the escalating situation in ukraine. monthly increases in consumer income and spending not making a dent. warren buffett says he's not discouraged about the markets today or in the future. citing slow but steady economic improvement. find out what else he's thinking about. >> apple rolling out carplay technology with mercedes and ferrari? futures pointing to a sharply lower open, thanks to ongoing instability in ukraine and russia. this, despite monthly increases in both consumer income and spending. jim, we knew monday was going to be interesting all weekend long.
't you have the guts to tell the truth, jim, is a common reframe? so let me deal head on with these jeremiahs. am i willing to tell the truth? yes. and it puts my credibility on the line every time i do. 14 years ago i was bullish on the nas dadaq and i had a huge return from my hedge fund. i was proud. i came into 2000 owning some of the hottest flyers. i called them red hots back then. i stayed peddle to the metal including a speech i gave near the end of february of that year recommending a ton of the most frothy stocks out there but in march 20000 things happened so quickly, i know it doesn't sound like a lot of time but people were going like this, march of 2000 we seen reversals and insiders selling. during those days, the only place to catch me opining was on this real we mentioned with doug cass, part of the and in the middle of that month i did something widely reviled. i sold every stock that fell high. every one of them. taking the money, going into bonds. never gone into bonds in my life. i bought dividend yielders, companies cheap rela
of their eyes. justin in new jersey. justin. >> hey, jim, how are you today? >> real good. justin, how about you? >> caller: pretty good. i try to add a solid -- how do you feel about intel on the recent pullback? >> we gave up on intel for action owners some say we gave up too soon. i felt at 3.6% yield, that wasn't enough. if i get 4.5%, 5% it is, but frankly, we have no earnings from them at intel, and you can only own so many stocks that are a bet that one day they'll get it together. cisco hasn't done that for me. intel hasn't done that for me, and ibm hasn't done that for me. i'm not involved in this situation. when i say for me, i mean for my charitable trust. intel, not there. can i go to matt in california, please? matt. >> caller: boo-yah, jim. how are you doing? is. >> good. how are you? >> caller: good, given the pipeline in or near phase three, including the once weekly diabetes just recently or soon to be filed and that the price target has -- was raised on friday, where do you see the symptom going in the near future? >> i like it very much. i was going to do a segment o
to russia's black sea fleet. jim maceda is in moscow. jim, there have been a lot of stories circulating around about whether or not russia was involved. >> that's right. russia does deny it, as you say. but it didn't have to be their military. because it was dozens of russian-speaking gunmen who stormed those two airports today. the main airport in crimea's capital as well as a smaller military airport. now, it looks like a repeat of yesterday's incident, when those armed commandos seized crimea's government buildings. again, they were not russian, per se. they were ethnic russians living crimea in ukraine. at the commercial airport today, eyewitnesss said the gunmen were looking for ukrainian guards, but where they couldn't find any, they simply left. however, a few vigilantes were left behind patrolling the airport perimeter, which they're doing at this hour, but not disrupting flights. meanwhile, at the balbec military airport, it's really a standoff and that's continuing with russian-speaking gunmen outside the terminal, ukrainian military inside. the government in kiev has called t
to be done next, jim. >> that's it. our coverage conditions with "the situation room." >>> we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. we're following the growing crisis in ukraine where tensions are rapidly escalating and the president of the united states, president obama is about to walk into the white house briefing room to make a major statement. the ukrainian government is accusing russian black sea forces of trying to seize two airports in crimea and cutting off communications between the russian majority region and the rest of ukraine. russian troops also are set to have surrounded the state television facility, some are calling it, and i'm quoting it now, an armed invasion of the country. all of this coming just six days after the ukrainian president, viktor yanukovych, was driven from the capital following deadly demonstrations against this pro-moscow president. let's go to our senior white house correspondent jim askos sta. explain this for us. >> president obama was supposed to be out here 15 minutes ago so he's running late. he was expected to be at
" with jim cramer, starts right now. >>> my mission is simple, to make your money. i'm here to level the playing field for all investors. there is always homework in summer and i promise to help you find it. "mad money" starts now. >>> hey, i'm cramer. welcome to "mad money." welcome to cramerica. people want to make friends, want to make you money. call me at 1-800-743-cnbc. don't bet against the consumer. it's a sucker's bet. that's when you look at every place we shop at roared higher today. the dow closed up 179 and nasdaq up just .1% and perfect news for stock market that needed more grounding in brick and mortar reality, and not just the internet 24/7. the market has been living under a cloud since the year began, not cloud computing, which people pay anything for. no, i mean a cloud known as the consumer. we have heard non-stop negatives. consider the challenging shoppers going into this week. jobs are hard to come by, payroll numbers in a row hurting consumer spending. you don't spend when you are worried about your job or can't find a new one. feeling heart sick about the co
. let's bring in with our national security correspondent jim sciutto. jim? >> wolf, officials are attempting to de-escalate the crisis and avoiding any moves that may further inflame the situation. does russia expand its military intervention or does it pull back? on the ground in ukraine, there's a volatile mix of armed forces and emotions, which we saw flair up today. today in crimea, russian and ukrainian forces in a dramatic and dangerous standoff. weapons drawn and here a threat to open fire. >> i said stop! i'm serious. i'll shoot at your legs. >> reporter: and as secretary of state john kerry arrived in the ukrainian capital of kiev, a war of words. russian president vladimir putin and secretary kerry trading die metric clee opposed views of the crisis. back and forth. >> translator: the acting president, of course, is not legitimate. >> the elected representatives of the people of ukraine, they overwhelmingly approve the new government. >> reporter: and back and forth. >> translator: citizens of ukraine, both russian and ukrainian, what worries them? they are worried a
escalating by the moment. we just heard a little while ago from jim acosta, our senior white house correspondent, the united states is now actively considering the possibility of not attending the g-8 summit in sochi, russia, in june unless the russians withdraw their troops from ukraine. don't get involved militarily. the immediate and former u.s. ambassador to russia, michael mcfaul is joining us once again. he's back in stanford university, only back a couple days, ambassador and the situation is escalating by the moment. i want you to listen to what senator john mccain told us here in "the situation room" just a little while ago about president obama. >> it's been clear that maybe the president of the united states has been a bit naive about vladimir putin and his ambitions. >> you served the president of the united states, you were named as his ambassador in moscow, you're a scholar when it comes to russia and the former soviet union. is the president a bit naive when it comes to putin? >> no. and i worked with the president for five years, wolf. i worked with at the white hou
morning. welcome to "squawk on the street." i'm carl quintanilla with jim cramer back from whepg thehelping the wheels of justice turn and jury duty. good to have you back. david faber off today. futures relatively steady here despite the miss on adp. the ten-year yield is back up to 2.7 as the flight to safety fades. what else but the markets? stocks looked to open higher this morning after the dow and the s&p toastposted their best gains of the year. and carl icahn said one company has the worst corporate governance he's ever seen and steve ballmer making his first address since leaving microsoft, he did not disappoint coming to you later this hour. but first up we'll start with the markets, stocks coming off a record session, the s&p a record high and the dow and the s&p having their best day since december 18th. and adp showed the economy created fewer private sector jobs in february as the cold weather restrains hiring. you said the data has been okay. the durables and the chicago pmis have been all right. >> we have great data out of europe pmi. how could
to jim acosta at the white house. what is the latest in terms of diplomatic efforts on the u.s. front? >> president obama met with his national security advisers earlier this evening, they're not really looking at military options, at least according to what the white house is saying. they're focused on what can be done economically and diplomatically, you heard this talk over the weekend that u.s. and allies won't go to the g-8 summit this summer in russia. the u.s. is cancelling all military engagements that it has with the russians, that's a new step that took place this evening. you mentioned that secretary of state john kerry is heading over to kiev to talk about financial assistance that he is brings promises of from the united states and hopefully according to this white house from european allies, but the president believes that the world is on his side, not vladimir putin's side, the question is whether vladimir putin is listening. >> and in terms of options that the united states has. i mean, there are not a huge number of options. >> there aren't a whole lot of options, the
with our chief national security correspondent jim sciutto here tw latest. jim? >> i think you could say today we saul the full yin and yang of the u.s. policy response to the crisis in crimea. on the other side, secretary of defense chuck hagel demonstrating the u.s. commitment to its nato allies with the deployment of some aircraft and the cancellation-of nato contacts with russia. on the diplomatic side, we saw the opening of a diplomatic path to solving the crisis, the so-called off ramp u.s. officials have mentioned before, still undefined, kerry said, but a start. >> reporter: u.s. and russian diplomats face to face for the first time since the start of the crisis in crimea. secretary of state john kerry said they are now negotiating a diplomatic path to ending it. >> we are committed to working with russia. together with our friends and allies in an effort to provide a way for this entire situation to find the road to deescalation. >> reporter: russian and ukrainian officials, however, did not meet. >> why didn't you meet lavrov today? >> reporter: but as the diplomats talk or don
obama. senior white house correspondent jim akosta joins me now with details about that call. jim, what do you know? >> reporter: first thing to point out before i detail that phone call, we're getting word that the president at a local fund-raiser in the washington, d.c. and told people at the fund-raiser that we may be able to deescalate this crisis in his words. the u.s. may be able to deescalate the crisis in the coming days so interesting to hear the president using the words, perhaps a hopeful sign about the way the white house feels about what's happening in ukraine at this point. but getting to that phone call, yes, as we all know it took place on saturday. 90 minutes long and according to a senior administration official briefing reporters on that phone call earlier this evening, the president and vladimir putin spent much of that time during that phone call debating the facts on the ground with respect to what's happening on the ground in ukraine. russian president basically saying that he's trying to defend the rights of ethnic russians in ukraine and the president spent the
'll have more on what organizing for action chief jim messina has now told his team. >>> good morning from washington. it's tuesday, march 4th, 2014. this is "the daily rundown." >>> first reads of the morning, russian president vladimir putin went before the media this morning to defend his country's actions in the wake of the ukrainian revolution, arguing that it amounted to a coup that demanded a russian response. he he told reporters he would use force in ukraine only as a last resort, he claimed. but he said he reserves the right to do so. putin also said further military action would be justified because the ousted president, victor yanukovych has requested it. he said anything russia does would be to protect the citizens of ukraine. and he even told reporters that the soldiers currently in crimea, they're not russian soldiers at all. he called them local forces. now, responding to the united states, the russian leader shrugged off threats of diplomatic or economic punishments. meanwhile, president obama said monday that russia has a choice. >> over time, this will be a costly propos
on for a year and the fed had eased earlier in the year, and those two things in particular. >> thank you, jim. that does it for us and it is time for "squawk on the street." >>> good friday morning and welcome to "squawk on the street. " ""i'm david quintanilla with jim jameser and david faber. and s&p 500 has cracked the all-time high, and the revised gdp came in lower on the science of creeping inflation, and more signs on the way, and in europe, the standoff in crimea is intensi intensifying. new data showing that the economy slowed at a pace than originally anticipated. nasdaq starting off at a a closing high, and 14-year high. >> and the guidance says it is experiencing severe disruption from the winter, and gap suggest suggests -- gaap suggests it will fall more than expected. >> and on mad "mad money" last night, cramer talked about raising investments. >> and we will hear from apple's tim cook. >>> and in the first full year results are lower after discovering fraud in the subsidiary in mexico, and they go into detail, jim. >> this is not a minor story, and i know that when you look a
in an exclusive interview with nbc news pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski. take a listen. >> we have reached a point where we have to plan for other options, to include a complete withdrawal by the end of 2014, but it is not an indication that we are not continued to be committed to a mission beyond' 14, because we very much believe the afghans need our help. >> all right. jim joins me this hour from kabul, afghanistan. thank you for taking time to be on the show. >> reporter: you bet, ronan. >> jim, what is the general saying here? >> reporter: well, it almost sounds like on one hand they underhanded and it really is. only one day after president obama ordered the military to come up with plans to withdraw all american forces out of afghanistan by the end of 2014, today general dempsey made a strong case that they should stay. for the first time, he revealed what a post-2014 mission for u.s. forces would look like. he insisted it would not put american men and women directly into harm's way. instead of going out on training missions into combat with afghan forces, those u.s. trainers would
here on "mad money." i'm jim cramer and i'll see you tomorrow. edition beginning right now. >> good evening, i'm larry kudlow. this is the "kudlow report." we're live at p.m. eastern and 4:00 p.m. pacific. it was the best day of the year for the dow. markets in rally mode as ukraine tensions seemed to ease. bob joins us live with much more. >> this was a classic relief rally with historic highs in the s&p 500 but more than that, the highs in the mid cap and the small cap, the russell 2,000. this was a broad rally. we had roughly six to one declining. nine out of ten sectors in the s&p 500 were up. that's very unusual. health care was up as much as cyclical groups. a lot of traders assume the tension and the ukraine thing would go on a lot longer than this. it's not over obviously but there's a sense there's been a deescalation. the volatility dropped because of that. it shot from 14 to 16 yesterday and back to 14 today because even though it's unclear what the scope of the russian military action might be, an outright invasion of the whole country with tanks for example rolling into
an act of aggression against ukraine. what's happening now and what does it all mean? nbc's jim maceda is in moscow. bill neely is in crimea. jim, we start with you in the russian capital there. what does that approval of putin's request to use russian troops mean? >> reporter: hi, craig. you're right. it is pretty symbolic. the legislative body that putin requested that use of force from is a rubber stamp, upper house of parliament. and it doesn't mean that putin will now send in more troops into crimea. there are thousands there already all part of russia's black sea fleet. large numbers have been seen there over the past 48 hours, securing airports, government buildings, telecom towers. what the approval does mean is it's official now. russians have been mobilized in crimea. they can now all put their patches back on. and the approval of course gives putin more options. it allows him to strike not only crimea but anywhere in ukraine. and of course that spikes the tension even higher. >> jim, any word at this point on a timetable? >> reporter: not that we're aware of, no. but i can t
. good morning, welcome to "squawk on the street," i'm carl quinnty naia, with jim cramer and david faber at the new york stock exchange. go, guys, unbelievable. >> i was shocked. a couple months. feels like a couple months. >> the story of my life these days, where does my time go these days? >> it's brilliant. >> big day setting up today, janet yellen is on the hill and a ton of retail earnings. the premarket, ten-year yield durables came in ahead of expectations and europe is dragging a bit some say as the war games on the russian/ukraine border look a little worrisome. the roadmap begins with retail, jcpenneys and best buy in rally mode as earnings top estimates despite flat to slowing sales. >> janet yellen is back on capitol hill this time testifying in front of the senate. this is an appearance that was postponed because of a snowstorm a couple of weeks ago, so any chance she's changed her outlook since then? >> and an electric expansion, tesla says it plans to invest $2 billion in a brand-new battery factory somewhere in the southwest within the next three years. the question is w
indicates the degree to which russia is on the wrong side of history in this. >> jim maceda joins us now from moscow. jim, we've been talking about this, do you see this as a pull back and a lowering of tensions herely vladmy putin or is it just coincidence? >> hi, julia. it's not questions dense. it wasn't coincidence when they games were called five or on six days ago to take place along the russian/ukrainian border and it's not questiocoincidence tha they're ending today. vladimir putin could just as well have changed, for whatever reason, changed tend date. if this does happen, keep in mind, it was ordered that we haven't seen any indication of a pullback. the -- certainly if these war games do come to an end, it's going to mean that that massive show of force, we're talking about 150,000 troops, 900 tanks, 200 warships and airplanes. i mean, this should really bring the temperature down just in the seeing of and the doing of that kind of pullback. so russia has built up a fourth -- on crimea and division 5, 15,000, 16,000. it has complete operational control of crimea and it's still
back then and standing outside the hospital for days and the fight that jim has made for his life. and we see all of the victims, newtown and no matter how many victims there are of gun violence, there's such political resistance to closing loopholes. >> the encouraging thing that the american public is behind us. it's about closing that extraordinary disconnect that exists between what the american public wants and what the elected leaders are doing about it. we take tremendous inspiration from what sara and our predecessors at the brady campaign accomplished. this brady law has been tremendously effective. we've prevented 2.1 million prohibited purchasers from purchasing guns. that's 48 domestic abusers every day that have been prohibited. it's a question of building on that success and looking at what it takes to accomplish that success. it doesn't happen overnight and we can take inspiration from the fight that sara led around the original brady law there. >> i was covering congress at the time, i remember. >> we have to stay the course and it's about making the voice heard an
cost benefit analysis, ukraine is hugely important to russia. and i want to maintain high jim any over it. and these incidental sanctions can i weather them and in due course the united states and europe will back off them because they don't have staying power. i will get what they want and they won't hurt me that much. that's their calculus. what's our calculus? >> ambassador, thank you, sir. enjoy london. >> thank you. >> and general bob scales insists russian president putin is bluffing that u.s. intervention must be on the table. i will tell you most people have military fatigue and you put it on the table. >> well, first of all understand russian military forces are very weak. they don't have a draft army. not a single stealth fighter. their navy can't get out of ports. it it really is the gang that couldn't shoot straight. we have still a very strong military. we ought to leverage that asymmetry. is that a threat or actually a follow-through? there are two things there. one is a threat to sort of scare them because they have a pathetic military and the other one is to actually co
heels for a little while until the story clarifies. let's bring in our ace team. michael farr, jim iuorio and zachary karabell. gentlemen, let me go to mr. iuorio because i kind of liked what warren buffett had to say. buy farmland, by stock, by hard assets, don't buy money, i don't really think this is going to be world war ii and you don't think you do either. but in general terms, is buffett right? >> i agree, too. when he said it also he did definitely say that in times of war, which you and i both agree we're not there -- but i have been doing that over the last year and a half. diversifying into things like that. i believe that's a smart way to go. >> michael farr, do you believe it's a smart way to go? what i'm suggesting, i hope it's in line with mr. buffett. but i'm saying fundamentally this economy -- you saw it today. we had a good ism in manufacturing, maybe nobody paid attention to it because of the ukraine. we also had a pretty good personal spending and income number. nobody paid attention to that. the economy is growing at 2.5%. labor profits are so low, i don't thi
$1 billion in loan guarantees to ukraine. i'm going to turn to senior white house correspondent jim acosta. so, jim, you have both the secretary of state and president obama expressing a lot of support for ukraine today and the administration seemed to offer president putin perhaps a way out of this crisis. >> that's right, brianna. i think that's what the president and the administration has been saying all along through this, that there are these off-ramps for vladimir putin if he wants to bring in international observers to deal with some of these questions that he has about the safety of ethnic russians, which by the way the administration rejects, then bring in international observers. i will tell you we just came out of what was supposed to be a budget briefing and as you know the president was making those remarks earlier at a budget event. it just shows you how much ukraine and the events are dominating everything right now. i had a chance to ask white house press secretary jay carney about vladimir putin's claim that those are not russian troops in crimea and jay carney sai
on the budget with jim nestle and jared bernstein. great to see both of you. and look, jim, john just made this point that whether it was the proposal from congressman camp or president obama's budget, everyone is saying it's dead on arrival, you don't need to worry about it. frankly, it does feel as though we're seeing an emerging template for tax reform. in your view what could come out of this in the year or two ahead? >> you're right. if you're looking for a silver lining on a day when generally speaking you've seen the president propose what is a budget that's really not going anywhere, the silver lining is what's happening on tax reform, and it's really going to happen in the congress. the president has pretty much checked himself out of the reform process. i think the new finance chairman in the senate, senator widen, and dave camp as well as the potential of paul ryan coming to the tax committee, i think that gives us a silver lining and some hope when it comes to comprehensive tax reform. and the second item is what secretary hagel did in defense spending looking forward and sayin
with his russian counterpart. nbc's jim maceda will join us in a couple of minutes. >>> investors getting a fresh snapshot of the labor market. adp will release its february report on private sector employment at 8:15 eastern time. economists think the u.s. economy added 160,000 new private sector jobs last month. that is the number to pay attention to. also out today, we're going to be getting the institute for supply management's nonmanufacturing index as well as the fed's beige book. a little bit of news for those of you still play on yahoo!. yahoo! wants users to have their own yahoo! logins in order to access its services. it says it's going to stop letting users access those services like flickr and fantasy sports by using their facebook or google logins. yahoo! says they'll phase in the changes gradually. that's how i get into a lot of the stuff, using my facebook or google password. now i have to get a third. >> i don't have any facebook. i'm not in any of these things. do you have the same password for all of these? >> i used to but i changed them before i got hacked. >> what is
a russian military base there, as well as ethnic russians living in the region. let's go to nbc's jim maceda with the very latest on this. jim, let's get the latest. are we seeing something that could be another cold war brewing here between the u.s. and russia, ultimately? >> reporter: alex, well, the first sign things were going seriously south today was this morning when russian foreign minister sergei lavrov said that ukrainian power militaries actually attacked the ministry in crimea, wounding several people, presumably ethnic russians. despite there being no confirmation, no evidence of that, that alleged threat to russian compatriots in ukraine triggered a quick escalation, which russia has used many times before to justify an invasion. first the leader of ethnic russians in crimea called on president putin to send forces in to protect them from hostile extremists. then very quickly putin replied, requesting the use of force. and as you said in your lead, getting that request from force from the parliament. all that happening within just hours. now, that doesn't mean, alex, that putin
this that is unrelated. you heard jim talk about the un envoy sent to crimea. that was threatened and not kidnapped. he is now safe and preparing to leave ukraine. several armed men threatened special envoy robert sari. they blocked him at a coffee shop. break this down for us. what happened and what kind of threat was this? how did he escape the coffee shop? >> we heard jim saying someone will get hurt. this un envoy has his diplomatic mission cut short in crimea. it just arrived. he visited a naval base and was leaving when armed men, 10 to 15 in number, not everyone with weapons surrounded him and demanded he leave crimea immediately and go to the airport. he got into the car he came with and refused to get out and the men blocked the car. they then were threatening him. he was described as shaken and not physically hurt. he walk and sought refuge. the late news is that the united nations is saying they are taking a late flight out and will return shortly to kiev to continue his mission. cut short by today's incident, the words of the united nation spokesman office here in new york. secretary genera
morning welcome to "squawk on the street" i'm carl quintanilla with jim cramer and david faber at the new york stock exchange. take a look at futures on a very big day for retail. we've already got at least half a dozen earnings out including target. we're going to walk you through all of it. bonds may react to new home sales when those hit the tape in about an hour, in the meantime, here's a look at the ten-year yield, europe is struggling and asia the yuan continues its losing street. and taferinget beating the street despite the impact from the massive customer data breach which shaved two cents per share of earnings and cut into sales. >>> andics inned quarterly results from a slew of other retailers that includes lowe's, dollar tree, tjx and abercrombie & fitch and barnes & noble. >>> and dream works animation down sharply in the premarket after posting fourth quarter results that were below expectations but we'll begin with target, reporting better-than-expected fourth quarter results but saying the massive data breach shaved two cents a share off of earnings and comps down 2.5 in t
. >> that's the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff in an interview with nbc's jim miklashevski today while en route to afghanistan. that was them on the plane. general dempsey saying there he does not personally want u.s. troops to totally withdraw from afghanistan, but if there isn't a signed agreement between our government and the afghan government about u.s. troops staying on, then all u.s. forces will leave. this year. the chairman saying today that after 13 years of that war, u.s. troops accomplished their mission in afghanistan and it would not be a defeat to leave. something really specific seems to have led to today's big news about the war and the end of the war. this is defense secretary chuck hagel. this is him last october in brussels at nato headquarters. he was there meeting with all the other people who have his same job and all the other nato countries. it was the meeting of the nato defense ministers. at that meeting late last year, defense secretary chuck hagel told all the other defense secretaries in nato that by the next time they all got together, the u.s. and
news forever taking swipes at us. >> you know, uncle jim who is a little stubborn and been watching fox news, somebody who said well, i don't know, i was watching fox news and they said it's horrible. >> one television station. [ laughter ] entirely devoted to attacking my administration. >> and even just last night president obama making a sneaky reference about fox when he referenced republicans watching, quote, the wrong newscast. yeah, i know. the critics are not saying nice things about us but that's their problem not ours. makes them sort of look petty, doesn't it? sometimes like they are hiding stuff. their cracks are helping us. they are giving us free advertising. advertising we can't even pay for. they have been doing this for years and we have been number one since january 2002. so, thank you to the critics and have at it. keep it it up. that's my off-the-record comment tonight. if you have an important story or issue you think i should take off-the-record go to and tell us about it straight ahead, are you sitting down? you might want to. what is worse than conv
that the president and we've heard these comments from secretary hagel, jim. what seems to be the tone where you are. >> tamron, first of all, turning quickly to kiev, what a first day on the job to arseni -- he's the former economy and foreign minister, very well known to both the u.s. and russia. he was officially voted today as the interim prime minister, and his was a full plate. those russian-speaking commandos that you mentioned carry ak-47s and sniper rifles who stormed the crimean building, they're holed up inside. police have cordened off the area. crimea very important, because it is the home to the russian black sea fleet. to worsen matters there, now pro-russian lawmakers in crimea are calling for a referendum for separating from the ukraine. meanwhile, in an offense show of force, though, the kremlin here in moscow denies any connection to the events unfolding in you another crane form the surprise war games are in the second day. you mentioned 150,000 troops, add to that some 900 tanks and some 200 aircraft and warships, and it's all focused on the russian border with ukraine, keeping
is getting more addre aggressi aggressive. good evening jim. >> the main flash point strategic because of the black sea base there. after scuffles with proe and antirussian protestors outside the parliament, this building was seized this morning by armed men with rpg's, ak 47's and sniper rifles. they raised the russian flag over the building where it's flyifly ing tonight. police surrounded the building. on his first day as official interim president, he warned russia any troop movements outside the black sea fleet base would be seen by eye crane as act of aggression. long lines of personnel carriers and troops on the road to the crimea town near the base. all of this making for a tense standoff. worse larry, it's the kind of cocktail in the past and other former soviet republics led to military intervention. back to you. >> many thanks to jim. despite the fact ukraine is fall ago part, u.s. stocks performed well today. the question is whether the mess in ukraine will have effect on the u.s. or markets. now the center for transatlantic relations and dan goldman, director of financial
approved that use of force. on the phone, we have chief national security correspondent jim sciutto. jim, what is this very quick vote signal to you? >> reporter: i think it's the russians slow rolling an invasion of sovereign ukrainian territory, and in direct defiance of repeated public and stern warnings from u.s. officials ranging from secretary kerry, secretary hagel right up to the top, right up to the president. you saw his comments yesterday. it is a sobering development. the fact is, u.s. officials were already telling us yesterday that those masked troops on the ground as of yesterday in and around crimea were russian so now you have a public in effect acknowledgment from the russian government that the president wants to send troops in there, this authorization. i think the other point is that you can see this as an intelligence failure by the u.s. officials had been telling us in the last 48, 72 hours that it was their assessment that the russians would not go in, and here you have it happening. it is not the way they did it in georgia in 2008. you remember when russia sent t
could make russia a pariah, would vladimir putin bat an eyelash? joining me from moscow, nbc's jim maceda. jim, how is putin reacting to this criticism? >> reporter: hi there. well, karen, first of all, putin wouldn't call what he's doing an act of war or aggression, with all due respect to secretary of state kerry. as putin told german chancellor angela merkel in a phone call this evening, he believes mos w moscow's actions are appropriate, and they're more about self-defense. from his point of view, the new pro-western government in kiev poses a threat to his interest in ukraine. that's primarily crimea, where today there were even more troops roaming around going from ukraine army or military post to post, as you mentioned in your lead, trying to disarm the ukrainians. when they wouldn't agree to that, surrounding them and neutralizing their bases. but crimea gives putin the essentials he wants and needs. a base for his black sea fleet. he just doesn't seem affected by all the criticism coming from abroad. putin doesn't seem to believe that the u.s. or its allies have the kind
to watch. here is jim douglas from our affiliate faa. >> she stood tremling bz a guard led a man in and she wheel and for the first time faced the man who haunts her. >> can you hear me? can you hear me? look at this face. look at him. >> richardson looked and looked away. this is what he saw. this is what he heard. >> look at him. this is his daily life. look at him. just look at him! stare at him now! look at him. stare at him! >> stewart richardson said he wanted to tell the family he was sorry and he 3r5is for him. five years of suffering and rage erupted. >> my son is dying every single day. every single day he is suffering. he can't see. he can't talk. he can't breathe. he can't eat. he can't do anything. he is in pain every single day. every single day. >> richardson remains in tarrant county jail while a court decides whether they can enhance his punishment using prior arrests in four other states to keep him off the streets for life. instead of a mandatory evacuation mum a maximum. >> i'm sorry to hear it. >> i don't care about your sorry. you make me more angry when you say sorry.
is going to lose, the russian people are going to lose. >> jim maceda joins us from moscow. a "new york times" article quotes angela merkel having had a telephone conversation with vladimir putin saying she's not sure he is in touch with reality and he is in another world. what does this mean for an escalation of the situation here, do you think? >> what it means is we don't know what will happen next because we can't really anticipate what putin will do. putin is a product of the cold war. for him, no matter how you try to convince him otherwise, anything west of ukraine is enemy territory for him. and he in his own mind is seeing nato creeping up ever so closer -- or closely to his boarders. now, you mentioned secretary kerry going to kiev. that hopefully will calm the waters a little bit, at least keep kiev from doing something unintentionally or that unintentionally as ka lates the situation. but it is now true that the west has mobilized at least diplomatically against vladimir putin's military takeover of crimea. as you say, it's not firmly in his hands. that it's really, julia, u
have pro-russian forces who have been put into place. >> jim, obviously the fact that president obama himself spoke out about this underscores the concern within the white house right now. congressman mike rogers saying russian forces control crimea. what's the latest from your sources? >> reporter: the u.s. believes these are russian troops. whether they have the markings on their uniforms or not. and i think in light of our intelligence capabilities you can be pretty confident they know the scale of the number of troops and so on on the ground there. remember, you're looking at those videos in fact of helicopters coming in. that's a russian airplane. that's a russian helicopter that the russians used coming across into ukranian territory. the question what are the russians' intentions? they've taken over the airports, sent more troops to their sea ports there, appear to be forces around a pro-russian television station. are there intentions to protect some russian interests in crimea or do they have greater intentions to take control as representative mike rogers said at the crimean
that obamacare is hurting them. jim angle takes a look from washington. >> reporter: senate majority leader harry reid ignited a firestorm by calling stores about obamacare a flat out lie. >> they're horror stories being told all over american. >> >> reporter: his remarks went further questioning the truth of all complaints. >> paul krugman writes, republicans are just making this stuff up. >> reporter: jay carney backed him up. >> reporters have discovered that, in fact, the circumstances are not as they're being presented by either outside groups or republicans. >> it was astonishing to have the democratic majority leader in the united states senate get on the floor of the united states senate and call americans liars. >> reporter: republican senator roy blunt questioned reed's accusatio accusations. >> i guess you think the active imagination of missouriens are running wild because they're contacting our office constantly talking about higher premiums, higher deductibles. >> reporter: 6.2 million had policies cancelled, many pushed into far more expensive plans. >> there must be 6 million of u
to the base where it belongs and the only place it is authorized to be. chief national security court jim sciutto joins us from new york. jim, what are the options for the united states and what are the interests that signify that the u.s. should be involved? >> lets start with options first. secretary kerry was actually very explicit, more explicit than any administration officials have been so far in public about what is on the payable here. we heard in the last couple of days this idea of not going to sochi g-8 conference but kerry went further. he said for one, mentioned the possibility of expelling russia from g-8 entirely. that's a bigger step than just not showing up at their conference in sochi. that's a big step on the table. he also mentioned asset freezes of russian businesses and banks. this is interesting. senator bob corker, republican senator discussing measures considered on capitol hill. he mentioned this kind of thing, too, sanctioning russianentities and individuals. remember, russian businesses do a lot of business through the international financial markets, concentra
-800-345-2550 of your trading. >>> situation in ukraine and russia tense, jim maceda is live in moscow with the latest. hi, jim. >> reporter: the big event today was putin's command performance, hour and a half press conference that he gave here in moscow, putin called the military intervention in crimea extraordinary but legitimate. i think his key comment came when he asked about what happens next. he said he didn't think the use of force was necessary at this time in crimea or elsewhere in ukraine leaving open the possibility of force but only as a last resort. now, that signal i think coupled with images of russian forces returning to their bases after putin announced the end of the war games along ukraine's border with russia, the two signals, carl, could really lower the temperature in the standoff that, of course, has become increasingly tense. meanwhile as the u.s. and its allies struggle to come up with an effective package of sanctions, putin addressed the sanctions issue as well warning the west and i must say in a calm and unthreatening tone in today's interconnected world sanctions can eq
. >> jim cramer has been watching this morning as well. he writes in a question, too. he says in your shareholder's letter you always speak positively about fabulous ways to transport goods. do you think that keystone should be approved? i think we talked about this earlier but i didn't put you on the line. do you think keystone should be approved? >> i would vote yes. >> he always wonders about creations of jobs, too. energy and jobs, pipeline and renaissance is what jim is pointing out. >> i don't believe in the keystone pipeline because of the jobs. i believe -- i just believe it's a useful pipeline. >> you do? great. we'll continue this conversation, again, joe, we have warren buffett here. he's with us for the rest of the program. >>> okay, becky, sound goods. coming up, how the unrest in ukraine is having an impact. more "squawk box" coming up next. >>> get a leg up on the trading day with the morning "squawk" newsletter. go to our show page. go to it's a snapshot of the top stories, next. sign up and get morning "squawk" delivered in your inbox every weekday. "
. >> that echoes, the comments by jim cramer this morning saying i can't figure out the bond market and wasn't afraid to say that. basically saying the ten year should be at or below, just below the 3% level. it's telling us something that stocks are not, to steve's point. >> well, tell you what, i totally disagree with jim cramer on that one but i think a bigger notion now is, if the bond market were at 3%, i think would be because of strong data. i think we've gone through kind of the taper move in may, june and july. i think right now it really is nervousness about equities in general. and i wish we had the shark tank crew in that chamber today asking some better questions. >> well, that would be interesting, to say the least. >> i would support that. >> thank you so much. steve, thank you. ricky, see new a little bit. >>> meantime, the big news today. several big name activists embroiled in the news. we broke it here on cnbc with scott wapner. dominic chu is following the action. a lot yorn plate. >> we'll try to get through it all. early think morning, third point nominating three peopl
of a power grab. chief national security correspondent jim sciutto joins us. despite these exercises, troops mobilizing on the border, the obama administration seems confident russia will not be moving troops into ukraine? >> reporter: that's the pentagon's assessment they're not going to act. what's changed in the last 24 hours, because the russians have moved these troops, mobilized these war planes, put them on alert as well, if president putin decided he did want to go in they could poomove so quick u.s. would not have a chance to react to it. that's increased the level of nervousness among administration officials. what would the u.s. do in reaction? we're talking really about only diplomatic means, protests, et cetera. because the supreme nato commander and american general breedlove says europe is not planning certainly any military reaction if the russians were to go in. >> it would be a huge deal if they went in obviously. the question is what would happen inside the ukraine. people there, the country dividing. what about putin? i know he spoke to president obama by phone last week.
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